ACTIVE SOUTHERN VIETNAM


Country: Vietnam

City: Ho Chi Minh

Tour Duration: 7 Days /6 Nights


Package Description

Southern Vietnam Natives of southern Vietnam consider themselves to be a little bit different from their northern cousins. Reflecting the year-round tropical temperatures enjoyed in the south they see themselves as the warm and welcoming, laid-back part of the Vietnamese family. When the north shivers in winter the sun keeps shining and the people keep smiling! 

The energy and excitement of modern Ho Chi Minh City, still known as Saigon to the locals, introduces you to the south with a bang - a fabulous concoction of exotic sights, sounds and smells guaranteed to get the adrenalin going. Contrast this with the gentle world of palm groves, rice paddies and fruit orchards found in the lush Mekong Delta for both sides of the southern Vietnam story. Beyond the bountiful Delta beautiful beaches and idyllic islands await, perfect for the well-earned relaxation, or perhaps jungle treks, diving and kayaking are more your cup of tea, either way you'll find it here.

Itinerary

Day 1:

Ho Chi Minh City Arrival
On arrival at Ho Chi Minh City Airport You will be met by your friendly guide and taken to your hotel in your private vehicle. After checking in to your hotel and having a short rest, you will enjoy an hour cyclo ride around the lively streets of Saigon. 
Afterwards you will enjoy a Water puppet show in the Golden Theater.  You will end your first long day with dinner at a local restaurant before heading back to your hotel for your first night in the fascinating city that is Saigon.

Day 2:

Ho Chi Minh City & Cu Chi Tunnels 
After enjoying breakfast at hotel, you will head to the Cu Chi tunnels, otherwise known as the "Iron Triangle" or "Iron Land". 

En Route  you will drive through pleasant countryside and see rubber plantations and rice paddies and much more.

Before entering the tunnels, you will see a short introductory video showing how they were constructed, followed by an exploration of the maze of tunnels, some of which have been widened to allow tourist access. 

Also on display are various mantraps and the remains of an American tank as well as numerous bomb craters made by 500lb bombs dropped by B52 bombers. After this fascinating visit you will transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City for lunch. 
In the afternoon, you will visit the Reunification Palace, the former Presidential Palace for the president of the South of Vietnam. You will then visit the Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post office to get good shots for your memory of this big, modern city of Vietnam.  You will end your second day with a visit to the lively Ben Thanh market, this bustling and well-organized market is very popular with tourists, primarily due to its central location. It has a wide selection of goods ranging from fake Nike shoes to beautiful silk Ao Dai. 
After a day full of interesting history you will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before heading back to your hotel for your second night stay.

Day 3:

Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta Community works.  After breakfast, your guide and driver will take you to the Mekong Delta. The program will start with boat cruise along the small canals in the Mekong Delta. You will then visit some cottage industries where you will learn how to make rice paper, coconut candy and pop-rice, popcorn.
You will then visit the handicraft village where you can see how they make some more special products such as rice-net for spring rolls, fish sauce & Soya sauce, cooking salt.  Lunch will be served at a local house.  After lunch, you will ride a bike to the project site (house building/school). 
Your Leaders will divide you into small groups and your project will start.  This will take the form of practical building and some laboring tasks as you construct a house for an impoverished family in this remote region.  There will be a variety of tasks to undertake each day of the project from layering bricks, mixing cement, assembling frames, hammering, sawing and transporting of materials
Local tradesmen and tour leaders will be supervising and assisting throughout the project, often identifying students with particular skills to perform the more difficult or skill orientated tasks.  The days will be long and the results rewarding as you see your project come to fruition and as curious villagers from all around come to watch and assist us. 

In the late afternoon, we will return to your homestay, roll in the Kitchen and cook your dinner with your host. 

Day 4:

Mekong Delta – Eco Farming – Ho Chi Minh City 
After enjoying breakfast, you will have time to do some gardening with the local farmers: raking soil, harrowing soil, planting and watering the vegetable, scooping water with different scoopers.
Depending on the season you will also help the farmers to pick fruits.  Afterwards you will visit a local school and have some culture exchange with local students such as  giving gifts, drawing postcards, singing and dance performance. You will also have the opportunity to play badminton, football and other games.

You will then return to your local family for refresh and enjoy lunch.  After lunch, you will have a short rest before boarding your private vehicle for your drive  to Ho Chi Minh City where you will enjoy dinner before heading to your hotel to check in.

Day 5:

Ho Chi Minh City – Mui Ne White Sand Dunes & Quad Bike. After enjoying breakfast at your hotel you will drive to Mui Ne Beach, one of the best beaches in Vietnam.  After arriving at Mui Ne Beach your adventure will start as you enjoy White Sand Dune with Quad bikes for a 20-minute ride around the vast dunes from the foot to the top of the dunes. It’s a great fun and exciting way to explore the dunes in a significantly easy-to-use ATV. You will also have time to swim before heading to your hotel to check in and then enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 6: Mui Ne Beach – Team Building & Bon Fire 
After breakfast at your hotel, you will visit the nearby fishing village and witness the local fishermen and their boats coming back from the ocean with various kinds of fish.  You will also have the opportunity to  meet and talk with the local fishermen to understand more about their daily life. You will then head back to the beach and have fun time with some team building activities and after the prize ceremony, you will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

This evening, you will enjoy a special BBQ dinner around the pool and then bonfire on the beach. 
This will be just one of the many highlights on your trip and last as a fondest memory with students and teachers. You will then head back to your hotel for an overnight stay in Mui Ne Beach.

Day 7:

Mui Ne Beach – Ho Chi Minh City departure 
After breakfast at hotel, you will enjoy some more free time at the beach before heading back to Ho Chi Minh City and then on to the airport for your flight back to the UAE.

Includes

Return economy flight
Return airport/hotel transfers
6 Nights accommodation
Daily breakfast, lunch and Dinner
Sight seeing tour
English Speaking tour guide
All entrance fee
Fully Comprehensive Group Travel Insurance
AllCarrent tax.

 

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